Monday, September 15, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books in my mailbox last week.

Reading: new Orleans Requiem  by D.J. Donaldson

What goodies did you receive?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Extraordinary Rendition by Paul Batista Review-Post

Extraordinary Rendition   By Paul Batista      Review-Post

When Byron Johnson volunteers to defend a suspected terrorist that is being held in Gitmo and is being sent to the U.S. for trial, his life is completely turned around. As he runs into all these complications and government rules on seeing his client, he discovers many things that must be brought forth into the open. As people are being murdered around him, who are trying to help.
This book is truly filled with intrigue and and leaving you breathless at what he uncovers. I found it to be fascinating story.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from:  Extraordinary Rendition  by Paul Batista

Byron painfully remembered the steps of the courthouse in Miami when he had been taken aback by the reporters and cameras on the scorching plaza.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received 3 new books last week in my mailbox, courtesy of Simon & Schuster.

Trust In Me by Sophie McKenzie

Close To The Sun  by Donald Michael Platt

The Dark Pages by The Online Crime Fiction Community

What did you find in your mailbox?

Friday, September 5, 2014

GI Brides by Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvin Review-Post

GI Brides   by  Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvin     Review- Post

     This is the story of four British war brides named Sylvia, Rae, Margaret, and Gwendolyn.They met their future husbands in the UK during World War 11. They couldn't wait to start their new lives with these American soldiers in the US. At this very young age it was difficult leaving their families to start a new life in new surroundings not knowing what hardships they would be facing.
     These are true stories of four brave women and what they had to cope with and endure.
I truly was glued to this book and couldn't put it down.

Color Song by Victoria Strauss Review-Post

Color Song  by Victoria Strauss

Guila has a real passion for art and after being sent to a convent against her will, she plans a dangerous escape right before she takes her vows. To be a woman in that day and age it was next to impossible to study her art of painting. She then plans a daring feat and disguises herself as a boy and is off to Venice to be taught by a master. I felt like I was right there with her on that very difficult journey.
It is a remarkable story of a brave young woman who is trying to safeguard the secret paint recipe that was given to her.
This is a book I found interesting and couldn't put down.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Michael J. Bowler - There Is No Fear - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

The most famous boy in the world is a prisoner. He’s been charged with a crime he didn’t commit, a crime that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. Languishing within The Compound, the most secure juvenile facility in California, while the district attorney vows to make an example of him because of his celebrity status, Lance must endure the daily indignities of the incarcerated.

New Camelot is fractured without him. Ricky and Chris are bereft, living for the weekly phone call that becomes their only lifeline to the brother they so desperately love, while Arthur and Jenny feel the loss of their son with a sadness that can’t be quelled. And what about Michael, the highly volatile teen who helped write the proposition that will change California forever? Could he really be the monster he says he is? His hatred of Ricky is palpable, and his instability may well threaten the lives of everyone at New Camelot.

As the election looms closer, Proposition 51 takes on an even greater significance in light of the pending trial of the century. The more harshly fifteen-year-old Lance is treated within the broken justice system, the more he contemplates the wisdom of his idea that children need more adult rights. If The Child Voter Act becomes law, won’t it simply allow adults to throw more kids into prison with impunity?

Whichever way the voters decide, his greatest fear remains the same: will he ever again be with the people he loves?

The Knight Cycle Continues…

My Review

"I kept asking myself why God brought me back, maybe now I know the answer to help make kids, kids again."

Little did Lance know—when he was thrown into prison for attempted murder (a crime he did not commit)—that he'd end up with doubts about Prop 51, his big push on the ballot to have voters decide whether or not to view children legally as adults. Spending time behind bars ends up changing his perspective quite a bit.

Each new book in Michael J. Bowler's CHILDREN OF THE KNIGHT series becomes more and more of a page turner as Lance continues on his crusade. I can't wait for the next book to see what happens to him next on his quest to pass the Children's Bill of Rights to amend the U.S. Constitution. He really is a young Abraham Lincoln from his speechmaking ability to his zeal for change. Go Lance!


There Is No Fear can be purchased at:

Prices/Formats: $4.99 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Pages: 284
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Release: July 17, 2014
Publisher: self-published
ISBN: 9780990306337
Click to add to your Goodreads list.

About the Author

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of five novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place, and There Is No Fear––who grew up in San Rafael, California. His horror screenplay, “Healer,” was a Semi-Finalist, and his urban fantasy script, “Like A Hero,” was a Finalist in the Shriekfest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.

He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University and earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.

He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state.

He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

He has already written the two remaining books that complete The Children of the Knight Cycle and both will be released in 2014.

He is currently at work on a horror/suspense novel based on his screenplay, “Healer.”

Links to connect with Michael:
Web Site
Blog Tour Site

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from the book: Color Song by Victoria Strauss

1. Idolisation- The act of admiring strongly.

2. Billet- to lodge(soldier) in a particular place especially a civilian house or other non-military facility.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received one book last week for review called Color Song by Victoria Strauss, which I am currently reading.

What was in your mailbox?
Faced with the prospect of a life without art, Giulia is seized by a desperate idea: What if she disguises herself as a boy? Could she make her way to Venice and find work as an apprentice?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from the book: Color Song  by Victoria Strauss

Compline Bell- The last of prayers/canonical hours are called compline shares its etymology with complete.

Scudi- coins typically made of silver, formall
y used in various Italian states.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book:  Color Song by Victoria Strauss

pg. 13

"Swear to me." In the past weeks Humilito's gaze had become distant, as if part of her were already gone. But now she was fully present.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

These are the books I received in my mailbox last week:

New Orleans Requiem  by D. J. Donaldson  courtesy of Astor Blue Editions
GI Brides by  Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi   Courtesy of Wm. Morrow Publishers
Desire Lines  by Christina Baker Kline   Courtesy of Wm Morrow Publishers
What goodies did you get this past week?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from

1. Dyspeptic- a person suffering from indigestion.

2. Punctilious- marked by precise accordance with details.

3. Pseudo- not genuine but having the appearance of.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book: Last Night At The Blue Angel   by Rebecca Rotert

pg. 31

Mother takes the stage and the blue dress is amazing under the lights. Jim moves in to photograph her but instead he just stares.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Darkest Hour by Tony Schumacher Review-Post

The Darkest Hour   by Tony Schumacher        Review-Post

      This story is set in London, 1946 and the Nazis now have conquered and occupy Great Britain.
John Rossett is used to being obedient to commands and is assigned to the office of Jewish Affairs. Little does he know what awaits him when he finds Jacob, a young Jewish boy. It is filled with terrifying and thrilling  experiences as he tries to save this child from the unspeakable. I couldn't put this book down
,it was filled with one intriguing page turning event after another. A truly exciting thriller, if you enjoy this genre, you will like it.